Stop the Crop

For a sustainable, GMO-free future

Munich/Brussels: A new wave of patents on plants

March 13th 2013

President of European Patent Office asked to step down

The European Patent Office (EPO) has restarted a rush for patents on plants derived from conventional breeding, although a precedent case is pending in front the Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning a patent on tomatoes (G2/12). This new development is evident from a report of the coalition of No Patents on Seeds that is published today. Within a few weeks, around a dozen new patents will be granted, covering species such as broccoli, onions, lettuce, cucumber and melons. Just today two patents, one on salad and one on cucumber, were granted. This new practise of patenting is very likely influenced by the opinion of the President of the EPO, Mr. Benoît Battistelli, which very recently gave a clear statement in favor of these patents.

About the Stop the Crop campaign

This website and film present some of the dangers of GM-crops, and call for people across Europe and beyond to take action to stop them. We need a future of food and farming that benefits people and planet, and not the pockets of big business. We need to stop GM-crops from spreading across Europe. You can sign up for updates and alerts opposite.